Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall is supporting local artists by giving them an opportunity to display their artwork in her Fort Myers office.
For the next several weeks the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of Southwest Florida, Inc will display their work celebrating 125 years of Lee County in the District 4 Office located at the Old County Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers. The display includes portraits of historical and current Lee County locals. The work will be on display until Jan. 11. The public is welcome to stop by and view the work and learn more about the artists. Please call 533-2226 to confirm office hours for viewing the artwork.
"The arts are an important part of the cultural and development of our community" said Hall in a prepared statment. "I believe that government can play an important role in public awareness, developing the use of public spaces for display and interaction of art, and for the encouragement and commitment of continued financial support both public and private of all the arts."
Pictured with Commissioner Tammy Hall (second from the left) are Renate Reuter, Julie Olander and Betsy Koscher all members of Portrait and Figure Painters Society of SW Florida, Inc.
Other local artists will be featured every six weeks. Hall's office is on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street in downtown Fort Myers.
Commissioner Hall is the recipient of the Angel of the Arts Award Business Sponsor 2009. She was elected to the Board of Lee County Commissioners in 2004 and re-elected in 2006. Her district includes North Fort Myers and the central and northern portions of Cape Coral.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
* Betsy Koscher has been a portrait artist for 10 years having paintings commissions for dignitaries and loved ones. Her portrait of the founder of the Somers Academy hangs there. She is the director of Rutabaga Fine Arts Gallery of Ludlow, MA which represents many artists and also teaches. She is also exhibition chair for Portrait & Figure Painters Society. Her submissions for this display are: Mayor Henderson, Tammy Hall, and Kaylene (a friend).
* Renate Reuter has over 40 years corporate work experience in upper management and is since 2002 a professional artist. In 2007 she created successfully the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of SW Florida, Inc and celebrating their 5th anniversary. She arranges educational workshops, open sessions for all communities and visitors, maintains and achieved PFPS 501c3 certification and assists all artists. Her submissions for this display are: Seminole Couple, Buzzy Izzy.
* Julie Olander her submission for this show is Mrs. Edison.
* Tracy Cullimore is a portrait painter who specializes in both figure and face. She works in both oil and watercolor and insists on a likeness that goes beneath the skin to the personality of the subject. Tracy is also past president of the Ft. Myers Art League. Her submission for this display: Rose Colored Glasses (a friend).
* Toni Dattwyler is a former art teacher at Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers and a retired registered nurse for Lee Memorial Health System. Primarily a pastel portrait artist, she also works in charcoal and graphite. Her submission for this display is: Mayor John Sullivan, Deion Sanders.
* Dorothy Salcedo specialized in portraiture and reproductions of Renaissance Masterpieces. She studied at the Louvre in Paris, El Prado in Madrid, and Florence Italy. She specializes in American Native arts and has a painting "Chief Buffalo" at a museum in Wisconsin. Dorothy is great-great-great granddaughter of Chief Buffalo. Her submission for this display:
* Shelly Salter portraiture and storytelling are the heart of the Shelly's work, compelling her to bring the past back to life. Commissions include portraiture for the Bonita Springs Historical Society, Ken Norton, Former Heavyweight Champion of the World, The Yorkville Public Library and Northern Illinois Painters and Drywaller's Union. Her submission for this display: Robert E. Lee (charcoal)